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This category includes all parenting and education materials.

Raising Pre-teens

Raising Pre-Teens coverRaising Pre-Teens: Tips and Techniques for Making the Most of Your Child’s Terrible Tweens.
Dosani, MD and Cross
2004

Submission: The definition of “tween” varies from person to person but generally refers to ages 9-12 or so. This book includes a chapter on potty training, suggests telling tweens that their mothers have eggs in their “tummies,” and that sex is a “special grown-up cuddle.” These things might even be forgiven if it weren’t for the heading on Chapter 40: Wicked Stepparents. Harry Potter did not have a wicked stepmother, since he didn’t have any stepmother at all. All in all, this book is fine as a parenting book for raising preschoolers. The title, however, is very misleading.

Holly: Pre-teens need [true] information about sex and their changing bodies. They need to be heard and understood when it comes to step-parents. They need boundaries, safety, and technology guidance. I bet this book from 2004 doesn’t mention social media, and probably barely mentions cell phones. Potty training? Eggs in tummies? Lame. They’ll see right through it, and parents should too.

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Private Zone!

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Private Zone
Dayee
1982

Another book for parents and kids to keep them all nice and safe. Not bad, but certainly not great. Since this book was published in the early 1980s, most people believed that sexual assault was the creepy stranger, when in actuality it is more likely to be someone known to the victim. This publication coincides with national media coverage of the disappearance of Etan Patz  and the murder and abduction of Adam Walsh.

There is, and was, a lot of material produced that addressed the issues of stranger danger and child exploitation. Not surprisingly, quite a few titles have ended up memorialized here on our site for a variety of reasons. Be sure to check out the links to other titles.

Mary

 

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Crafts for Teacher

Teachers Arts Crafts Almanac - coverTeacher’s Arts & Crafts Almanack
Guttman
1978

Submitter: Props to the author for including all kinds of offbeat holidays and celebrations. (Merry Launching of Sputnik Day! Happy Buddha’s Birthday!)  There is good background information on the days and lots of interesting ideas. Unfortunately, the drawings are absolutely terrible, and all of the illustrations are in black-and-white.  I haven’t tried to make any of these so I don’t know if the instructions are any good.  WorldCat lists holdings in over 100 libraries!

Holly: Books like these were great before the Internet became so accessible. You know, like 20 years ago. This book was written 20 years before that. Arts and crafts books for teachers are still useful in public and school libraries, but they have to be as good or better than Pinterest.

 

 

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